The TESOL minor is a cross-disciplinary program designed to provide introductory preparation for teaching English to speakers of other languages in U.S.-based K-12 programs, adult education, as well as educators in a global context.

The mission of the TESOL minor is to foster the development of critically-engaged, effective English as a Second Language educators who are prepared to teach in the United States or abroad. The five-course sequence has three foundational courses in English and education, along with a required teaching internship. Additionally, students will have options for two additional courses in language and education from a variety of departments.

Note: Students who complete the TESOL minor who are also completing an education degree are eligible for an add-on ESOL teaching license.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will be able to understand the various structures of the English language (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, and discourse) and their role in speaking, writing, listening, and reading.
  • Students will demonstrate and model an asset perspective for interactions with students, family and community stakeholders in the multilingual community.
  • Students will be able to understand the processes of first- and second-language development and the development of bilingualism/multilingualism.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of and appropriate use of assessment tools, including informal/formal, individual/group, formative/summative instruments and provide opportunities for application of skills.
  • Students will be able to understand and utilize educational research as informed consumers, with the ability to find, analyze and synthesize relevant research materials, including the ability to think critically about existing issues and inequities in the field.
  • Students will design, implement, and assess K-12, post-secondary, and community programs for multilingual learners.
  • Students will be able to understand cross-linguistic differences and variations in language in social, regional and historical contexts and how these differences may influence language acquisition and performance.
  • Students will be able to identify, assess, and implement appropriate instructional materials, approaches, and methods for learners at a range of developmental stages, from varying cultures and linguistic backgrounds. They will have multiple opportunities to apply these skills in educational settings.